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Walmart loses round in lawsuit

A class action lawsuit charging Walmart with unequal pay for women who work at the discounter can go to trial, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A rebirth in retail pharmacy

Retailers and suppliers are creating “a health and wellness renaissance,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson said at the organization’s annual meeting here.

H.E.B. tests format as Aldi enters Texas

No-frills supermarket chain Aldi opened nine stores in this market last month, while H.E. Butt Grocery Co. (H.E.B.) debuted its own limited-assortment store in Houston.

Dollar General in step with the ‘new consumerism’

Whether it is revolutionary or evolutionary in nature, there is something exciting happening at Dollar General Corp. The nation’s largest retailer by store count is redefining extreme-value retailing in a way that will challenge all small-box retailers.

MMR Industry Outlook: Retailers' growth prospects get brighter

Encouraged recently by improved monthly sales results, retailers are looking forward to a year of growth in 2010.

Wellness+ loyalty program rolled out by Rite Aid

Rite Aid Corp. has begun offering its customers across the country a rewards program that gives them access to free health and wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices.

Proprietary card adopted at Target

Target Corp. has stopped issuing Visa credit cards to its shoppers and is now offering new cardholders access to the company’s proprietary credit card.

Asda looks to grow

Walmart’s Asda chain has outlined a number of ambitious growth plans taking advantage of new opportunities and leveraging its global scale.

Costco pharmacy executive lauded

Charles Burnett, senior vice president of pharmacy at Costco Wholesale Corp., has received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Tough times for general merchandise

The recession has had a major impact on the general merchandise department, as many consumers have limited purchases of discretionary items and even some consumable items.